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How can I synch my Outlook information with my Samsung Galaxy Fascinate

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Is there an application that will allow me to synch my Samsung Galaxy Fascinate with Microsoft Outlook?
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by:Trenton Knew
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I assume you aren't using exchange?  There is probably no free app that can do this without some sort of intermediary (third party app in between outlook and your android device) unless it's an exchange account.  What information are you trying to sync?
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by:jboddy
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Do you use Outlook to download your email from your ISP?
If you want to connect to your ISP, they should have all the relevant help online as you would sync to the server, not your Outlook.
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by:Trenton Knew
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jboddy... the OP is probably using outlook for calendar, contacts, notes and task list... things that won't bind to most ISP's email accounts if the account is not based on exchange.
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by:jboddy
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Thank you, but I'll wait for a response from the OP.
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by:dovidf
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I am not interested in getting email on my mobile and I don't have exchange. I simply want to get calendar, contacts, notes and task list.
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by:Trenton Knew
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who is your email provider?
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by:dovidf
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Verizon
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by:dovidf
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I also have email from my Bluehost hosting account.
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by:jboddy
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In the old days.....connecting your Windows / CE phone via activesync did this.
Not sure for an Android device,
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by:jboddy
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Other people have used Mobisynapse, a third party app.
http://www.mobisynapse.com/

Outlook does not sync with Android natively, so an in-between is needed.
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Trenton Knew earned 500 total points
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activesync still works, but only for exchange accounts...

You need a third party service running on both your phone and on your computer hosting the outlook.  There's a service called Funambol Sync (free, but mixed results) along with some links to some paid options I found here:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382337,00.asp

Only other option I can recommend is to ditch outlook entirely, checkout the google sync options for thunderbird.  You can probably import all your outlook calendar, contacts, and what not into thunderbird and then sync it with your gmail account (that you hopefully have since you're using an android device.)  This is not a "drop-in" solution, and may require a bit of configuration and installation of plugins (Thunderbird).  but I have had success with it.  Extensibility was not something that Micro$oft wanted to make easy for anyone, because that's how they make their money on exchange/sharepoint/etc.
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by:jboddy
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^^^ A far better solution than Mobisynapse.
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by:dovidf
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jboddy,

Did you mean that switching to Thunderbird is better (not an option)? Does Mobisynapse work well?
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by:jboddy
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I have not used it as my email goes through an Exchange server at work, and an iPhone for personal use, sync'ing email from my ISP.
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by:dovidf
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I tried downloading Mobisyapse and it reported that it could not work on my phone.
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by:Trenton Knew
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what version of outlook are you using?  Also, have you tried gsyncit?

http://www.fieldstonsoftware.com/software/gsyncit3/index.shtml
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by:Trenton Knew
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The "free" solution since you're on Samsung and probably touchwiz, would be to download Kies from samsung's website, but I have rarely had success with it.  Gsyncit isn't free, but if $20 saves you some headache for what you wish to accomplish, maybe it's a good go.
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by:dovidf
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From the PC magazine article I saw that CompanionLink works well and that's what I installed and it works well.
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